Colonel Andy O’Meara Jr. served as a cavalryman, infantryman and tankerman in troop units in Europe, Vietnam and the United States. His command experience includes troop duty from platoon to brigade level, as well as his service as the Assistant Division Commander for Support of the 24th Infantry Division. He was also General Patten’s Intelligence Officer. His combat experiences included two tours in line units as a lieutenant, captain and a major with the 1st Cavalry Regiment (ARVN) and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (US). He was decorated five times for valor during his service in Vietnam.
Colonel O’Meara studied in Europe earning certification as a Western European Area Expert. He graduated from the Army War College and earned two graduate degrees over the course of his career. He served in the Pentagon in the War Plans Division of the Operations Directorate and as a speech writer in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff.
Colonel O’Meara directed the training development of the M-1 Abrams Tank. He served as the President of the Army Training Board and as the Senior Army Instructor at the National War College, where he retired from military service.
Following his retirement from the Army, he served as a government contractor for the Army in the Middle East. During his work for the Army in Saudi Arabia, the Army Mission was targeted by al Qaeda in the War on Terror. He was working in the Army Mission Headquarters in Riyadh when a truck bomb that inflicted three hundred casualties on Saudi nationals and Americans destroyed the building.
Colonel O’Meara has four children from his first marriage. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in Pawleys Island, SC. His published works include, Infrastructure and the Marxist Power Seizure, Accidental Warrior, Only the Dead Came Home, Voices from the Underground, and as the co-editor of Leadership: Combat Leaders and Lessons. In addition he has published numerous articles that have appeared in newspapers and professional journals.